Chennai: Claiming that actor Kamal Haasan is seeking "cheap publicity," which cannot be accepted, state fisheries minister and AIADMK senior D. Jayakumar warned that his government will not hesitate to take legal action against the actor if he continued to level "baseless charges against the government."
Flaying the actor for making "unsubstantiated charges" the minister said though there were many avenues in a democracy like Vigilance and Anti Corruption or the courts, through which the actor could have raised the issue if at all there was any merit in his accusations, he chose to spew baseless allegations against the government.
"His intention appears to be clear… I had asked him to substantiate his charges, three months ago but he is yet to react to it. We will not hesitate to take action against him if he continues to make baseless allegations against the government", Mr Jayakumar told reporters here on Monday.
The minister’s comments are lined to the actor’s tweet on Sunday night, in which he said, "It is a crime for the government to indulge in looting, and the act to go unchecked is also a crime."
"The bell has rung. Criminals shouldn't rule, people and democracy should immediately act. People should become judges. Let’s wake up. I request", the veteran actor who is set to launch his own political party said.
Jayakumar claimed that "Kamal is the only person who asked money from his followers to start a political party. And this has become obvious as to who is operating him from behind."
He recalled that the actor had stated that he would run out of Tamil Nadu (when protests by Muslims erupted against his film 'Vishwaroopam') when former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was alive.
"Kamal is trying to seek cheap publicity by criticising the government. He is living in imaginary world like his character in the movie 'Guna.' His intentions are not acceptable", Mr. Jayakumar said and warned "we add salt to our food" - indicating the government would not be a silent spectator to his remarks.